Besigye, Kadaga clash at US convention


Kadaga and Oulanyah at the convention

There is no political impasse in Uganda, despite claims of the same by the Opposition, government officials have told Ugandans living in North America.

The government officials led by Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, were attending the Political Forum at the ongoing 28th Uganda North American Association Convention in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 3 September 2016.

Others on the discussion panel included the Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah, Deputy Chief of Mission (Uganda Embassy in the US) Alfred Nam, former FDC Presidential candidate, Dr. Kiiza Besigye and Martin Byakuleka representing the Diaspora.

The government officials were put to task to explain and convince Ugandans about progress registered by government and the country in the political, economic and social spheres since 1986.

Speaker Kadaga said that the holding of elections every five years showed political progress and that the country’s “democratic path was clear.”

She said that the NRM, where she serves as a Vice Chairperson, had won the presidential, parliamentary and local government levels.

“The new Cabinet has Ministers from the Opposition reflecting the character of the country,” said Kadaga adding that “There is no impasse, which would mean that there is nothing going on in the country. This is not the case.”

“We are working on improving infrastructure and Uganda is playing a big role in pacifying the region – in South Sudan and Somalia,” she said.

Kadaga said that following the February election, the President and MPs including FDC members were sworn in and took office, which showed that the process was accepted by the Opposition and was not a sham.

Oulanyah said that Ugandans must choose and agree on the path to their destiny, saying that careless talk and violence would not lead the country forward.

Besigye said that attacks on courts, recent brutality by the Police on civilians and his incarceration in ungazetted places like his home showed an impasse in the country.

“I suggest to government that seeking to find a political solution to our problems is very serious. Challenges of unemployment, health and education need to be addressed,” he said.

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